Iron Man (song)

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"Iron Man"
BS IronMan.jpg
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Paranoid
B-side"Electric Funeral"
ReleasedOctober 1971
Format45 RPM
GenreHeavy metal
Length3:33 (Single version)
5:56 (Album version)
LabelWarner Bros. (US/Canada)
Songwriter(s)Iommi, Osbourne, Butler, Ward
Producer(s)Rodger Bain
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Children of the Grave"
"Iron Man"
"Tomorrow's Dream"

"Iron Man" is a song written and performed by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released on their 1970 album Paranoid. The lyrics tell the story of a man who time travels into the future and sees the apocalypse. In the process of returning to the present, he is turned into steel by a magnetic storm. He is rendered mute, unable verbally to warn people of his vision of impending destruction. His attempts to communicate are ignored and mocked. This causes Iron Man to become furious, and drives his revenge on mankind, causing the apocalypse seen in his vision.[1]

Upon hearing the main guitar riff for the first time, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne remarked that it sounded "like a big iron bloke walking about".[2] The title became "Iron Man", with Geezer Butler writing the lyrics around the title. Osbourne sang behind a metal fan to get the sound effect in its first line, 'I am Iron Man!'.[3] Despite the title, the song has no connection to the Marvel Comics character of the same name,[4] although it was used in the end credits of the 2008 movie Iron Man, and the trailer for the 2010 sequel, Iron Man 2; the superhero also wears a Black Sabbath T-Shirt during the events of The Avengers.[time needed] The song was also used in Monster Jam for the Iron Man truck's theme.

Awards and accolades[edit]

The Iron Man riff About this soundPlay 


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BLACK SABBATH - FAQ version 2.0". Black Sabbath Online.
  2. ^ Classic Albums - Paranoid, by Isis Productions/Eagle Rock Entertainment
  3. ^ "'Guitar Hero': The Video Game That Literally Rocks". MTV News. 14 December 2005. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  4. ^ "The Story Behind Black Sabbath's Iron Man". 102.9 WMGK. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  5. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  6. ^ Billboard Singles for Black Sabbath at AllMusic
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  8. ^ archived 2007-11-18.
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